Arts and Culture

Into the abyss of bureaucracy
Into the abyss of bureaucracy
As audiences filed into the Rhodes University Theatre on July 3 for the first of three performances of Sabela, a dance piece by 2017...
Writing Ray between the lines
Writing Ray between the lines
I marvelled silently at the lush, rolling hilltop greenery beyond the window I stood at, wondering just how I had wound up there in the white,...
May the sun never set on Ray
May the sun never set on Ray
One Sunday evening at Johannesburg’s Downtown Studios, I came across a gleaming plaque celebrating the double platinum status of Stimela’s 1986...
What nebulous factors decide the price of an artist’s work?
What nebulous factors decide the price of an artist’s work?
In May 2015, Pablo Picasso’s 1955 painting Les Femmes d’Alge (Version ‘O’) made headlines when it fetched $179.4-million dollars...
Mixed-race realities collide in cinematic self-portrait
Mixed-race realities collide in cinematic self-portrait
‘And for so long I have wanted to escape into the Dream, to fold my country over my head like a blanket. But this has never been an option,...
What the lives of two SA music giants tell us about culture under apartheid
What the lives of two SA music giants tell us about culture under apartheid
Back in 2000, musicians interviewed for my book on music and politics in South Africa,
Sizzling shows, tepid turnout
Sizzling shows, tepid turnout
There is less of a vibe,” was a phrase heard so much it may as well have been the National Arts Festival’s tagline. Punters and performers...
Travel Hull’s bridge of culture
Travel Hull’s bridge of culture
The wind whips around me, and for a moment I feel that it could pick me up and throw me over the edge. I clutch my bag closer to my side. My sister...
Our stories, if told by us, help heal us
Our stories, if told by us, help heal us
At times, there are well-intentioned, but short-sighted or uninspiring campaigns and programmes aiming to uplift or transform the lives of the...
Queer rap? Don’t label the blouse
Queer rap? Don’t label the blouse
Depending on who you ask, and their profession, there either was or wasn’t an influential art scene in New York in the 1960s called minimalism....
Creative industry must be creative about sourcing funders
Creative industry must be creative about sourcing funders
As South Africa battles to come back from junk status and the economy sinks into a technical recession, the country’s arts community wrestles...
Bitter Fruit, Nigella and Thandazile Radebe are on our Lists this week
Bitter Fruit, Nigella and Thandazile Radebe are on our Lists this week
Achmat Dangor: Bitter Fruit. I’m only a third of the book in and find myself caught between rapaciously racing through...
New York Times protest a culture shock for an African
New York Times protest a culture shock for an African
In New York for a public reading, I became James Baldwin. I was called to be a witness. And if one must become a witness in the footsteps of Mr...
Small-small survival vs living large
Small-small survival vs living large
As I get into the taxi taking me from my guesthouse in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare to the launch of “a premium multibrand retail store”, the...

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